Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams is a Mom of two elementary school kids in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 30 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity.


American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Virginia: History Kids Can Appreciate

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown has replaced the old Yorktown Victory Center.  It’s a smart move as the story of the Revolution is more than one battle and involves more than the soldiers. The formerly dowdy Victory Center is brand spankin’ new, both in its facility and its kid-friendly outlook. Travel Hack Traveling Mom took two tweens to Yorktown, Virginia, in order to check it out. Why Yorktown? Did you know America’s true Independence Day is October 19th? Yes, I know we celebrate July 4th as our nation’s birthday But a case can be made for the triumph at...

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Traveling Mom’s 14 Most Epic Travel Fails of 2016

Air mattress Air B&B? Check. Police escort to find a rental car? Check. Wardrobe replacement from the Bayonne, NJ Walmart? Check. Anyone can do a “best of” list. We here at Traveling Mom thought it would be more helpful to share our most epic travel fails. Well, if not more helpful, at least more fun! Let’s raise a glass and toast to a fail free 2017. Travel is rewarding, fulfilling, and usually a whole lot of fun. But let’s get real: from time to time we’re bound to encounter a travel fail. In true “we’ve been there” fashion- we’ve done that....

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Secret Disney Outlet Right Across The Street From Disney World

Disney World can feel like one big ATM if you let it. After the tickets, resort rooms, and meals you might not have any left for souvenirs…but I have found a way to save a bit at the House of Mouse: Disney Character Warehouse. The official Disney outlet locations are jam packed with souvenirs at up to 75% off. Even better, one is right outside Disney World gates! It’s funny how after spending thousands for Disney park tickets, hotel and meals that it’s the $34 T-shirt that sends me over the edge. I just can’t bear the park prices...

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Is the Mall of America Fun for Tweens?

Ah, tweens. Too old to enjoy “kids stuff,” too young to enjoy shopping. Is the Mall of America, the USA’s largest shopping center, really a tourist destination for the 8-12 set? Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams set off with five tweens in tow to find out. As excited as I was to visit family in Minneapolis, MN, I have to admit I dreaded the idea of keeping five tween cousins entertained. The Mall of America seemed a logical choice for the grownups, but any mom of tweens knows they can be tricky. The last thing any parent wants...

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Marseille France: An Unexpectedly Perfect Family Getaway

Marseille, France is a living, breathing French city often overlooked by tourists on their way to Provence or the French Riviera. That’s a real shame. If you’re looking to see France as the French do, Marseille makes for a perfect family getaway. Even better, Marseille is a terrific value. Before I tell you about Marseille, I should share a confession: I tend to love destinations others overlook and feel “meh” about places others rave about.  For instance, in Italy I didn’t love Rome, but did love Naples.  So while I enjoy Parisian shopping as much as the next girl,...

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Travel Hack Traveling Mom’s 10 Favorite Miles and Points Tips

Miles and points are one of many tools in the travel hacker’s arsenal. Most families think (erroneously) that travel rewards are only for the top 1%. Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams shares her 10 favorite miles and points tips to help you travel more for less. Last year our family of four flew first class in lie flat beds from the US to Japan. We spent a month in hotels, mostly suites, in Japan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. The total cost? Less than $5,000 using our travel rewards points. While using miles and points can be challenging, the...

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Traveling Mom’s Long Haul Flight Must Haves

Not only have the Traveling Moms “been there”, we’ve had to get there with our share of long haul air travel. How your trip begins depends so much on how you feel when you arrive. While we can’t turn your coach seat into a lie-flat bed, the Traveling Moms do have some long haul flight must haves to make you more comfortable up in the air. Here at Traveling Mom we have packing lists for the beach, for camping, for ski trips and day trips.  I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the stuff we bring along when we’re stuck on...

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